Indiana is known as the “Crossroads of America,” and South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart and Plymouth bear truth to this nickname. With the creation and expansion of US 31, SR 2, SR 23, SR 20 and the Indiana Toll Road, these highways have made travelling to far away destinations easy for anyone living in Michiana. However, the ease of travel provided by highways comes with it the danger of driving on roads populated by semi-trucks, tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Any accident involving a motor vehicle can result in serious injury. But the consequences of an accident involving a large semi-truck, tractor trailer or commercial vehicle can be even more serious.
Last year, over 500,000 large truck and commercial vehicles were involved in roadway collisions, with over 100,000 people sustaining serious injuries. In 2009, 3,200 people died in crashes involving large trucks and commercial vehicles. And these statistics are only getting more grim; over 5,000 people died in these types of crashes last year. Countless others were left with lifelong pain and disabilities. And by 2012, 20% more semi-trucks, tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles are expected to appear on America’s highways.
Insurance companies know that collisions involving semi-trucks, tractor trailers or other commercial vehicles often result in substantial money damages. That’s why many of them will do everything in their power to intimidate those who have been injured in truck accidents. They will put pressure on those who have been injured to settle their claim for less than what would fairly compensate them for their medical bills, missed work, time, pain and suffering. Truck cases are unique because often the trucking companies and their insurance carriers will have investigators on the scene immediately. They have the power to hide, destroy or alter evidence. Documents such as driver files, drug tests, logs and maintenance logs can easily disappear. For these reasons, it is imperative that you act quickly to hire an attorney that knows what evidence to look for in a trucking case.
That’s only one reason why you should seek the counsel of an attorney if you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a crash involving a semi-truck, tractor trailer or commercial vehicle. Another reason is that these types of crashes often involve complex federal and state regulations that can require countless hours of research and preparation before a trial or a fair settlement is reached. Trying a case involving a semi-truck, tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle involves skill, diligence, time, and perseverance.
At Sweeney Julian, we have over forty years of combined experience in pursing personal injury claims—including claims relating to catastrophic injuries caused by crashes involving semi-trucks, tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. We deal with insurance companies on a daily basis—and we’re willing to put in the time, energy and effort to pursue your claim. If you’ve been injured in a crash, call our office today at (574) 635-1673 to schedule a free consultation and find out if you are entitled to compensation.